60 Thompson St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Broome St.
By sunygrd on 10/29/2007
The food was the best part of my birthday. We made reservations last minute. They accomodated us. It was me and my date. The hostess, was very nice. She seated us near the enterance. It was nice because we could see the bar and relax on a couch. We asked the hostess for recommendations and she was right! We had the eggplant with fried shrimp. Order it! We also ordered the sliced tuna with noodles. The hostess smirked when I ordered an appletini, so if you have never tired something new, then try a new drink here. The experience is refreshing. I live in upstate New York, so the music was refreshing for a change. They played chill lounge music. My favorite! My date was not worried about price, so that helps! Have a gr8 time! Go there for your b-day!
By martin_chamois on 7/5/2005
Kittichai is unique. While there may not be anything like it in Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand, the combination for ambience, decor, service and of course food, make this a destination worth pursuing. From the moment one enters the dream like reception/bar area, until one departs the environment sooths the soul and images fool the brain. Thai dishes are transformed into modern Manhattan interpretations, which generally work. Service is attentive and rather professional. While each piece may be just short of perfection, the total package is outstanding.
By herald on 10/27/2004
a unique experience which starts with the beautiful orchid filled vases in the foyer; the decor of the restaurant is a sublime asian mix of dark woods, orange-red draperies and a candle-lit pool in the middle of the room. the food is simply divine!! my favourite appetizers were the salad of banana blossoms, artichokes and rosted chili vinaigrette, great tasting, something so special - and the kittichai fishcakes with cucumber and red onion chutney. as entrees try the incredible butter lobster or wok-fried chicken with roasted cashew nuts, dried chili and green onion. finish this unique experience with the kittichai flourless chocolate cake and cherry compote in thai red wine syrup or the kaffir lime tarte with coconut icecream and palm sugar syrup, you'll be overwhelmed by all the flavours, combining in such a perfect manner. this was certainly the best modern thai food i've ever had, in nyc and everywhere else on the globe!!!
By Lydi on 2/14/2009
So already when I entered I thought ,"WOAH!" All the smooth light is extremly comfortable and the design equals to a very asian climate. The food was awesome and delicious. The only problem though probably is the time.I waited for about 1 and a half hours for my food.. :S
By RoxxyGirl on 5/27/2007
I went here last Saturday with three of my friends and we all though the experience was fabulous. The negative reviews about the service is off, our servers were excellent- attentive, quick to bring our drinks and even joking with us through out the night. The tuna tartar appetizer was one of the best I have had as was the banana blossom and artichoke salad. Both are a definite must. I didnÂ’t eat a main dish but one of my friends had the hanger steak and the other had the rib eye and both pretty much licked their plates. You know about men and their meat. The only dish that was not good was the organic chicken- it was over cooked and dry. Do not order that. The portions were definitely NOT small as others have commented. The two appetizers were enough for four people to share and the main dishes were just the right size. If you want big food, go to Cheesecake Factory! Overall, this place has the right combination for NYC: good food, chic dÃ©cor and filled with uber fancy and beautiful people. I would go back and I would highly recommend.
By Kawaiicat7 on 1/24/2007
Kittichai really is more than a meal, it is a total sensory experience. The waiters are not only super friendly, they are attentive as well. My main dish came in a huge golden bowl, and my side of chinese broccoli (fabulous) came in an oblong dish. As I was eating, a lady walked over, arranged my plates in front of me to better accomodate my space, smiled, and walked away. I had also asked for a side of sriracha, and the waiter brought me a dish with three different spicy red sauces (one of which was sriracha) - all of which were fabulous. I was using my silverwear to ladel it out, and another man walked over and placed an adorable, smaller spoon in the dish - again with no words, just a smile. The service was amazing throughout the meal, the wine and food suggestions perfect, and to be honest - you just can't beat the decor. Definitely worth a visit, and I will certainly be going back. A great date spot, for sure.
By nybr on 1/21/2010
I keep going back! Awesome food (maybe not the classic Thai, but high quality, with some surprising dishes and flavors), excellent decor. Service not the best in NY, but doesn't ruin the evening!
By bionictrout on 6/7/2009
Kittichai is beautiful in several aspects of the experience. The restaurant is designed well and perfectly lit, with a circular reflecting pool and floating votive candles in the center. I was a bit put off by the cheap wooden chopsticks in paper wrapping--the only aspect of the meal that didn't seem to be meticulously designed. I ordered fishcakes, lab nuar (cold beef salad), short ribs in green curry, and Thai flan. Each was perfectly plated, each an aesthetic treat. The lab nuar was the best I have ever had, and served on thin-slice cucumber chips. The ribs were perfectly cooked, although the green curry was slightly overbearing. I can't adequately describe how attractive the plating of each dish was. The food is clearly not authentic Thai, but I am grateful for that. Real Thai is not great, in my opinion, but Kittichai has adapted the better elements of Thai cuisine into clever fusion dishes. This restaurant is a mandatory stop for anyone looking for a deliciously creative takes on Thai classics, beautifully executed.
By efn on 5/22/2005
The clearly used menus presented to us made me think maybe they are trying to convey a street sensibility...anyway, the food was good...service good...but not worth the money unless you like paying for interior design.
By gucciqueen on 1/19/2005
First the good: the food is delicious, I had the cocoa dusted baby back ribs and the chilean sea bass, both extraordinary. Decor is tranquil and beautiful. Lovely bottled orchids line the wall of the bar, a serene reflecting pool with floating candles and water lillies in the middle of the restaurant adds a very nice touch. Now the bad: This place seems terribly understaffed. The waitstaff is running around like mad but it took forever to get my food. If the waiter wasn't so charming I would've complained. In my opinion they just need to hire more people and this place would be great.